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wriggle

verb wrig·gle \ ˈri-gəl \
Updated on: 20 Nov 2017

Definition of wriggle

wriggled; wriggling play \ˈri-g(ə-)liŋ\
intransitive verb
1 : to move the body or a bodily part to and fro with short writhing motions like a worm : squirm
2 : to move or advance by twisting and turning
3 : to extricate or insinuate oneself or reach a goal as if by wriggling
transitive verb
1 : to cause to move in short quick contortions
2 : to introduce, insinuate, or bring into a state or place by or as if by wriggling

wriggly

play \ˈri-g(ə-)lē\ adjective

Examples of wriggle in a Sentence

  1. The children wriggled and squirmed in their chairs.

  2. She managed to wriggle free of her ropes.

  3. They wriggled out of their wet clothes.

  4. I had trouble getting the wriggling fish off my hook.

  5. The snake wriggled across the path and went underneath a bush.

  6. He was able to wriggle through the narrow opening.

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Origin and Etymology of wriggle

Middle English, from or akin to Middle Low German wriggeln to wriggle; akin to Old English wrigian to turn — more at wry

wriggle Synonyms


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wriggle

noun

Definition of wriggle

1 : a short or quick writhing motion or contortion
2 : a formation or marking of sinuous design

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First Known Use of wriggle

1709



WRIGGLE Defined for English Language Learners

wriggle

verb

Definition of wriggle for English Language Learners

  • : to twist from side to side with small quick movements like a worm

  • : to move forward by twisting and turning


WRIGGLE Defined for Kids

wriggle

verb wrig·gle \ ˈri-gəl \

Definition of wriggle for Students

wriggled; wriggling
1 : to twist or move like a worm : squirm, wiggle
2 : to advance by twisting and turning
  • Her dog … would wriggle under the fence and run about …
  • —Lois Lowry, Number the Stars

Headscratcher for wriggle

Take the “r” out of wriggle and you have one of its synonyms: wiggle!



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